Lightroom Killer Tips Lightroom Presets, Videos, Tips and News 2015-05-27T16:31:18Z http://lightroomkillertips.com/feed/atom/ Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 7]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7400 2015-05-27T16:31:18Z 2015-05-26T08:16:22Z Here's the last in my series -- it's a little request, but one that's long overdue.

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I was going to do 10 of these, but I realized I could do a whole bunch more, so I’m just going to cut my series off here at Part 7. Then on Friday, I’ll compile and list my favorites from your suggestions (and it’s going to be hard to narrow those down, because you guys have come up with some great ideas!). OK, on to the last in my series:

#7: We need a better way to import graphics

If you can think of a program that makes it clunkier to work with an imported graphic, I’d like to know what it is, because importing a graphic using The Identity Plate Editor, where you can’t actually see your graphic unless it just happens to be a graphic that is long, wide and less than 1-inch tall, is about as clumsy a method I’ve ever seen. Heck, MacPaint did a better job of working with imported graphics.

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Above: This is what the Identity Plate Editor looks like with my logo just imported into it. What? You don’t see my logo? Exactly my point!

There’s got to be a better way to a get a graphic onto our prints, into our slideshows, and in our photo books. The Identity Plate method is definitely a workaround — so I would dearly love to see a way to bring in graphics that makes sense, and doesn’t cause us to lose the text that we would have been able to add using the Identity Plate Editor, but again — if the Identity Plate editor was just used for what it was designed for (replacing the Lightroom logo with your studio’s logo), then Lightroom would have:

(a) A real type engine in the Print and Slideshow modules

(b) A method for bringing in and working with graphics like most every other program on the planet

(c ) An Identity Plate Editor that just did what it was designed to do, so we wouldn’t need it for workarounds for other stuff Lightroom should be able to do.

Lightroom is now around eight years old. It’s time to fix some of these foundational things, like importing graphics and having the people who actually invented the Postscript type engine give Lightroom decent type control outside of just the Book Module (but it’s limited there, too, to just two blocks of text you can only move in certain ways and only so far). It’s time.

OK, folks. There ya have it. Seven of the things I’d love to see added to Lightroom.

Tomorrow Mr. Pete will be here sharing his Lightroom Love, and then on Friday (since the Lightroom Show is on our season hiatus), I’ll be back with our look at my favorites of your submissions.

Best,

-Scott

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7397 2015-05-25T13:09:14Z 2015-05-25T13:09:14Z Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our off […]

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Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.

All my best,

-Scott

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 6]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7387 2015-05-22T10:06:39Z 2015-05-22T08:16:33Z It's #6 in my series, and I made a few mock-ups to show how it could easily be done. It'll speed our workflow.

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Happy Friday, everybody. OK, this one is a simple fix, but I think it would speed a lot of folks workflow who use the Lens Connection panel (I use it almost daily, and numerous times a day — for me, this is one super-important panel). Here we go for #6 on my list:

#6: Simplify the Lens Correction Panel

Don’t take stuff away. Don’t hide it. Just don’t make us toggle back and forth between FOUR different tabs within one panel. With that many tabs it’s like its own mini-program within a program. There’s no reason these can’t be simplified into just two tabs. Take a look:

New Lens Dialog

Above: You can combine the first two tabs: Basic and Profile. Combining these two into gives you the most gain, because once you turn on the camera profile (by the way, the same checkbox to turn it on appears in TWO of the four tabs as it is), then you have to switch to a different tab just to use the Upright Feature. By combining these two tabs into just one tab, you can now turn on the Profile Correction and use Upright without having to jump tabs. Then there’s this:

New Lens Dialog 2

Above: Combining the Color and Manual tabs into just one tab and removing the 2nd instance of the Constrain Crop checkbox (yes, it appears in two separate tabs in the same panel), you’re now down to just two tabs total, without losing anything. Two less tabs to jump back and forth between means a faster workflow.

BONUS: By putting everything in just two tabs, you increase each feature’s “discoverability” so people who didn’t even realize that there’s an entire Defringe section, now will  (otherwise, many just turned on the “Remove Chromatic Aberration” checkbox and left it at that.  By the way — that checkbox appears TWICE in the same set of four tabs as well. That’s three checkboxes that appear twice in different places within the same single panel. Just sayin’.

OK, that’s another that seems like “low hanging fruit.” No math. Just User Interface stuff that makes our lives easier and our workflow faster, and it helps Adobe in getting people to find features they may not have know even existed. It’s all good.

Hope you all have a great weekend, and have a safe, and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you missed our show “The Grid” on Wednesday, I showed the Lightroom editing I did on that fashion image that I did that went to the #1 spot on 500px.com with a 99.9 rating (whoo hoo!). Here’s the link to the episode — the Lightroom post processing part starts at around the 23:05 mark (you’ll be amazed at how easy it is). 

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Pete Collins http://petecollins.com/ <![CDATA[Playing around in Lightroom]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7356 2015-05-18T19:49:51Z 2015-05-20T05:01:30Z One of the best ways to learn about something is to pla […]

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One of the best ways to learn about something is to play around with it. Lightroom CC has added some new features including merge to panorama. Now we will probably all try out how it works the regular way, but I like to ask the “what if” questions and see what kind of trouble I can get into. This is often where I can find out how far I can push a feature or get unexpected results that lead me in new directions of inspiration.

So I have three pictures that were taken in the same place as folks walked by and I wanted to see how Lightroom would handle them if I tried to merge them as a pano. They were all shot in about the same spot and not even close to being usable as a pano, but I wanted to see what Lightroom would do. My initial thought in trying this was… “hey maybe they will line them up side by side as an easy to make triptych-(3 panel shot).”

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Wanted to play around with the three walking pictures to see if I could make something better

I selected each shot and then went to Photo>Photomerge>Panorama

I immediately got a rejection in the Panorama panel saying it didn’t work.

Lightroom says... "Nice try buddy!"

Lightroom says… “Nice try buddy!”

Not to be thwarted…

I hit cancel and tried again after I unchecked the Auto Select Projection box and choose Spherical.

This time I got a mash-up of the three images sort of like a triple exposure… which I thought was pretty cool and completely unexpected.

Unexpected mash up which is kind cool.

Unexpected mash up which is kind cool.

So I tried the other two options which resulted in slight variations, but nothing earth shattering.

changed setting to

changed setting to cylindrical and not much difference

Perspective was pretty much the same

Perspective was pretty much the same

Now it didn’t give me the end result I expected and I ended up editing them and then taking each image into Photoshop and merging them.

What I was hoping would happen in Lightroom.

What I was hoping would happen in Lightroom.

However, it did give me a chance to play and experiment with a new process and understand it a little better, as well as giving me a great new idea about mashing various images together just for the fun of it, to see what I get. So remember, Lightroom is so forgiving… have fun and push the boundaries and you may even surprise yourself with what you figure out and end up making. Get in there and play! :D

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 5]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7379 2015-05-19T11:12:30Z 2015-05-19T11:09:22Z Here's #5, and a look at a small but powerful workflow speed fix Adobe included in Lightroom CC

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I mentioned this one here back in January, as a two-part feature request and I’m delighted that one of these actually made it into Lightroom CC, but the other one didn’t, so I still wanted to include it in my top 10 list.

The feature (well, it’s more like a tweak or a fix) that did make it in has to do with Collection Sets. I noted back in January that when you create a New Collection Set, you leave the images you were working on, and it takes you to the blank gray screen you see below. To do pretty much anything you had to navigate back to the images you were working on (and often new users didn’t know how to do that, or why they were at a gray screen to begin with, so it freaked them out).

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In Lightroom CC they fixed this, and now when you create a Collection Set, you don’t see this gray screen anymore — you stay working right where you were — you just see a new Collection Set added to your Collections panel, which speeds up your workflow (high-five to the Lightroom team for fixing this).

The other request, and #5 in my series is the one that hasn’t made it in yet, which is:

#5: Add a “New Collection Set” option to the New Collection dialog

(I did a mock-up of the UI below)

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This speeds our workflow because now we can create New Collection Sets any time we make a new Collection. In this case, here’s how my workflow would go now:

Step One: I import the photos from my shoot, and select just the Corvette shots.
Step Two: I create a New Collection; name it Corvette, and create the new Collection Set right now in the same dialog (as seen above) and when the naming dialog appears, I name it “Car Studio Shoot.”

Now my new Corvette collection appears in my new “Car Studio Shoot” Collection Set — it’s fast, quick and keeps thing moving with jumping back and forth between dialogs.

So, that’s #5 in my series. By the way — I read all of your feature suggestions, and I’ve gotta tell ya, there are some fantastic ideas here — you’re really making it tough to pick my favorites — I really dig they you guys are thinking! :)

Have a rockin’ Tuesday (how’s that for putting a spin on Tuesdays?)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Today is the deadline for saving an extra $100 for super early-bird registration for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo coming up in Vegas on August 11-13th. Here’s the link with all the details (we have three-full days of Lightroom training tracks). Hope I’ll meet you there. 

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 4]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7352 2015-05-17T13:29:51Z 2015-05-18T08:16:26Z Happy Monday everybody! Here’s #4 in my on-going […]

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Happy Monday everybody! Here’s #4 in my on-going series on “What I’d love to see next in Lightroom:”

Copy the Type Panel from the Books module over to the Print module 

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The text options are so incredibly limited in the Print Module — you basically have to use the Identity Plate to do anything, and then once you do you can only do three things: (1) Choose the font (2) the Style [bold, italic, etc.), and (3) choose the Size. That’s it.

There’s no leading, tracking, kerning, baseline shift, justification, and all the great controls Adobe already put in the Book Module’s Type panel. So, they’ve clearly moved a version of Adobe’s own type engine into the Book Module — why can’t we have it in over the print module? Again, seems like “low hanging fruit” — they don’t even need to design a UI for it — there’s already panel just waiting there, one module away.

So, that’s it for number #4. :)

Quick shout out to reader Pieter Dhaeze, who posted a feature request comment on Friday that I loved — creating your own customizable panel. I would so love that! Imagine being able to take just the stuff you use in certain panels and collect them all in one panel. How much would that speed your workflow, right? High-five to Pieter for that one!

Hope you all have a great Monday, and I’ll be back tomorrow with #5 in my series (we’re half way there).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I shared some of my favorite photos from my trip to Spain last week. Hope you’ll stop by and check them out right here. 

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 3]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7348 2015-05-14T22:17:00Z 2015-05-15T08:16:06Z It's #3 on my list, and it has to do with being able to see a preview of something we (so far) can't actually see a preview of — we just have to wait and see if it came out alright.

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Before we roll on to #3 on my wish list, I just wanted to thank everybody who has posted their wish list favorites as comments here. I’m going to compile a list of my favorites from your favorites once we reach the 10th on my list, so keep ‘em coming — there’s some great stuff in there, including some things I didn’t realize i wanted until I read your comments.

Print Sharpen Preview

OK, onto #3 on my wish list which is…

#3: I’d love to have a preview of Output Sharpening

You get three choices for the amount: Low, Normal, High, and I’d like to see a preview of now each looks before I hit Print (or Export in the case of saving out a JPEG or TIFF). Of course, while I’m here I’d probably prefer a slider, instead of just the three pre-set choices, but that’s not high enough on my list — I’m OK with just the three — I just want to see a preview of how each is actually going to look before I make the print.

Though, while I’m asking for sharpening previews, how about a soft-proofing preview that shows sharpening as well? OK, I’d better cut it off there.

Alrighty then, — that’s #3.

See ya on Monday, and keep those ideas coming.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Today at 12:00 Noon ET we’re doing a free Photoshop World Conference Preview live webcast and you’re invited. It’s hosted by our own Larry Becker, and he’ll give you an insider’s view of the event and we’ll be sharing some cool tips as he introduces you to a few of the instructors and previews some of the content from their classes. Whether you have been to Photoshop World before or this is new to you, you’ll want to check out the webcast TODAY at 12 pm ET (New York time). Get all the details at KelbyOne.com/pswpreview.

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Pete Collins http://petecollins.com/ <![CDATA[Zoom tweak]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7337 2015-05-11T19:39:09Z 2015-05-13T05:01:28Z I will be honest, I am not sure when this tweak occurre […]

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I will be honest, I am not sure when this tweak occurred, but I ignored it until today… so if it has been there for a while… move on… nothing to see here. However, I really like this tweak, because it helps the zoom act the way it should.

wanting to zoom in, I click on Erik's ear... 'cause it is a nice ear. :D

wanting to zoom in, I click on Erik’s ear… ’cause it is a nice ear. :D

Let’s say you want to zoom into an image such as Erik here, and you want to make sure everything is ok with his face… so you click on his ear with the zoom tool… it zooms in, but it kinda zooms in to the upper third of the image instead of making that ear zoom into the dead center of the frame.

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zooms in, but in a little bit of a weird way.

If you go into your Preferences menu and under the Interface tab, you will find at the bottom Tweaks. The first check box on the left says “Zoom clicked point to center.”

If you check that box, now when you click with the zoom tool, it will center that point in the middle of the screen.

original zoom vs. tweaked zoom

original zoom vs. tweaked zoom

It is a little tweak, but one that just makes sense and makes me happy to know about it and share with you. :D

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 2]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7329 2015-05-10T21:59:35Z 2015-05-12T08:16:10Z Here's my 2nd wishlist feature for the next release of Lightroom. #2 is...

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OK, it’s time for #2 in my Lightroom wishlist, and that is…..

#2) Thumbnails and Full Screen previews that load as fast as Photo Mechanic’s

Photo Mechanic’s speed of showing thumbnails and full-screen previews is just insane! I made a quick video on my laptop to show you exactly how fast (below) where I drag 68 RAW files into Photo Mechanic, that have never been in there before (so no previews have been built yet or anything), and watch how fast you see the thumbnail’s appear, and then the full screen previews (Spoiler Alert — they appear full screen size faster than I can toggle to the next image hitting the right arrow button on my keyboard). Take a look for yourself:

Crazy speed, right? Yet Photo Mechanic is a tiny-little (yet totally awesome) company.

Adobe is a multi-Billion dollar company with around 13,500 or so employees.

Can’t the Lightroom team have just one of those 13,500 to work on getting the thumbnails speed up to what the engineers at Photo Mechanic have been able to do for many years now? Just one employee? That would leave 13,499 to work on everything else. I would pay the full Lightroom upgrade fee just for this one single speed feature.  If it was another $100 for a “pro” version with just this single new feature, it would be the fastest $100 I spent all year. I am not joking.

So, there ya have it. Come on Adobe –speed kills! :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. We just added Hartford, Connecticut as a stop on my all-new seminar: “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded” and I’ll be teaching my new “Seven Point System for Lightroom” there. Hope I’ll get to meet you there in person. Details here. 

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Scott Kelby http://scottkelby.com <![CDATA[What I’d Love To See Next in Lightroom…Part 1]]> http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=7323 2015-05-10T21:57:29Z 2015-05-11T08:16:05Z I'm starting a new series on things I'd love to see Adobe add to Lightroom, and my first feature is....

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Howdy folks. OK, I’m starting a new series on things I’d love to see Adobe add to Lightroom (especially now that Lightroom is a full part of the Creative Cloud, theoretically Adobe could add features anytime, like they have with Photoshop CC).

But didn’t Adobe did just a big release of Lightroom? Yes they did, and that’s why I want to share these now, before they’re too far along on the next version. So, without further ado (yes, that was ado), here’s the first in my wishlist of things I’d love to see added to Lightroom:

#1: A Drop Shadow feature added to the Print module

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Look at the screen capture above. They already have a drop shadow panel — it’s in the Slideshow module.  It’s just one module over from where we want it — they’ve already got a great user interface for it, and it works just lovely — if we could just have them copy that same panel over, just as it is, to the Print module, we’d be set. Boom! Done.

Q. Now, do I really have a pressing need to add drop shadows to things in the Print module?
A. Me personally, not very often.

Q. Have people been asking me for this at my seminars and workshops for since 2007?
A. Absolutely. I get asked about this on a regular basis

Well, I get asked “How do I add a drop shadow to an image in the Print module”, and of course the answer is, “You don’t inside of Lightroom — you have to go to Photoshop, add it there, then bring it back to Lightroom, or create a drop shadow all by itself in Photoshop, save it as a JPEG, and bring that into Lightroom as an Identity plate. Whew! That’s a lot of work. Wouldn’t just having that feature copied to the Print module be just a whole lot easier?

This seems like “low hanging fruit”…
…but of course in the past many times I learned from Adobe engineers or Product Managers that something that seems so simple and obvious, is actually way more complex than it looks because of the underlying architecture, or resolution issue, or whatever, but I do know this. The Lightroom engineers have performed some real miracles over the years, so I know if they decided to add it, they could probably do it in their sleep.

OK, that’s just one to get us rolling. Of course, I always encourage you to share your thoughts here in the comments (we read every one, even if we don’t get to respond to them all), and just a friendly reminder — please stay on topic, which is “new features you’d like to see added.”

That’s it for me today. I’m on my way to Spain today for some photography and fun with my brother Jeff (the trip is a Christmas present from my awesome wife), but I’ll still be online and sharing stuff during the week.

Hope you have an awesome Monday (I know, that’s asking a lot), and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for the second in my series.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Heads up about a new online class you should watch on copyright, model releases, and all sorts of legal issues for photographers. We just released it last week at KelbyOne.com — it’s by Intellectual Property Rights Attorney Ed Greenberg and Photographer’s Rights Advocate Jack Reznicki. Here’s a link to the online class (it sounds like a boring topic, but these guys make it really fun and interesting. Fascinating stories and examples, and VERY eye-opening).

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